Pumpkin French Toast

What’s better than regular French toast? Pumpkin French toast, of course.

Thick slices of bread coated with pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Can you smell it from there?

Pumpkin French Toast - Don't even think about skipping breakfast when you can have this! It's fast, easy, and packed with pumpkin flavor!!!

I don’t make French toast that often but I recently bought an electric griddle and it was burning a hole in my front entry coat closet.

That’s where I keep my waffle maker, spiralizer, extra glass Ball jars, mini food processor, spare hand mixer, and more. Good thing I live in San Diego where we don’t need coats because I don’t have room for those.

Pumpkin French Toast - Don't even think about skipping breakfast when you can have this! It's fast, easy, and packed with pumpkin flavor!!!

In just minutes I had the dipping mixture for the French toast whisked together. Pumpkin puree, eggs, vanilla, lots of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

The milk I used was Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk and I love it. It only has 30-calorie per 8 ounces, tastes great, and if I need a milk for baking, vegan or otherwise, it’s what I use most often.

Pumpkin French Toast - Don't even think about skipping breakfast when you can have this! It's fast, easy, and packed with pumpkin flavor!!!

I recently used it in Pumpkin Pancakes, Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes, Soft Vegan Pumpkin Cake, Soft and Fluffy Strawberry Banana Cake, Thick and Fudgy Peanut Butter Smoothies, Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Fluffy Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Muffins, 50-Calorie Copycat Skinny Caramel Frappuccinos, Honey Cornbread Muffins and more.

All Silk products are dairy-free and gluten-free and I like that Silk is committed to and believes in the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Pumpkin French Toast - Don't even think about skipping breakfast when you can have this! It's fast, easy, and packed with pumpkin flavor!!!

After griddling up the thick slices of French toast and drenching it with syrup, I was in comfort food heaven. The pumpkin flavor shines through without being too intense. It’s a nice change from regular French toast and perfect for fall.

The recipe makes about 8 slices and I took half and froze them. On busy mornings, I pop a slice into the toaster for my daughter and I feel good knowing she has a home-cooked breakfast but I don’t have to do any home-cooking at 7am. Score.

Pumpkin French Toast - Don't even think about skipping breakfast when you can have this! It's fast, easy, and packed with pumpkin flavor!!!

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Pumpkin French Toast

Thick slices of French toast that are full of rich pumpkin, cinnamon and brown sugar flavor. After drenching it with syrup, you'll be in comfort food heaven. The pumpkin flavor shines through without being too intense. It's a nice change from regular French toast and perfect for fall. The recipe makes about 8 slices and I took half and froze them. On busy mornings, I pop a slice into the toaster for my daughter and I feel good knowing she has a home-cooked breakfast but I don't have to do any home-cooking at 7am.

Yield: 8 thick slices

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 15 minutes for griddling

Total Time: about 20 minutes

Ingredients:

3 large eggs
3/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
butter, for griddle or pan and for serving
8 slices Texas toast or thick-sliced French toast bread (I used this French toast bread found at my regular grocery store; or use thick-sliced white bread or challah, day-old preferred; don't use thin, flimsy bread because it'll fall apart)
maple syrup for serving, or your favorite topping (try Vanilla Maple Syrup or Ginger Molasses Maple Syrup)

Directions:

  1. Preheat electric griddle (takes about 10 minutes) or preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat a minute or two before you'll need it; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, pumpkin, sugars, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and whisk until combined.
  3. Butter the griddle or skillet.
  4. Dip 1 slice of bread into the coating mixture for about 10 seconds, flipping over once, and making sure it's well-coated before adding to griddle. Repeat with all slices of bread until coating mixture is gone.
  5. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until as done and browned as desired. Add more butter to griddle or skillet as necessary and wipe griddle with paper towel as necessary to remove black bits. Serve immediately with butter and maple syrup or your favorite topping. French toast is best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months and can be gently reheated in the micro or toaster.

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66 comments

  1. Oh yes I can smell it all the way for Australia. Great recipe Averie! Totally recommend you try frying with pumpkin waffles; I did it and had to report about it on my blog. It is that good!

  2. Oohhhhh of all the nights to be out of bread! Bookmarking:)

  3. I love using almond milk in baking too, but haven’t found it while living in Sicily yet. I miss it!! Definitely need to add this to the list of “to make” immediately.

  4. You’d think that after writing a whole pumpkin cookbook that you’d be tapped out, but the great ideas just keep coming!
    Oh, but don’t remind us that you never need a coat. It’s getting cold out here and I’m jealous! :)

    • It’s been HOT here. High 80s-low 90s for the past 3-4 weeks now. It’s supposed to cool off this week and normally I’d say bring on the heat, but I don’t have a/c and baking when it’s 93F (indoors) hasn’t been thrilling :)

  5. I don’t make french toast a lot either, but I will probably start with this pumpkin kind. It looks delicious, Averie! So perfect for the season!

  6. I laughed at the way you use your coat closet. :) #foodbloggerproblems

    I love the looks of this French toast. I’m thinking breakfast for dinner one night next week?!

  7. That is a fine looking stack of french toast!! I remember making it when I was in my teens. It was almost impossible to find a loaf of Texas toast in a small town ( way back when) so mine was always thin and wimpy.

    • I honestly didn’t even know they ‘made’ Texas toast by the loaf until recently. I always just ‘made’ my own by slicing bakery bread, but this is so much easier :)

  8. These pictures! This stack of ah-may-zing French toast! I love ALL of it…you’re the pumpkin queen Averie, and this french toast is rockin’ my taste buds! Pinned!

  9. What a great fall breakfast! Freezing them and then toasting them for a quick breakfast is wonderful idea!

  10. I had a feeling you will be sharing a pumpkin French toast on your blog soon and here it is! Another winner recipe! I am loving your book so I know this breakfast idea is amazing too! Pinned!

    • Thanks, Anna, for the compliments, pin, and for being psychic! I didn’t even put this in my cookbook nor did I have a previous recipe on my blog, so I was due for it!

  11. I use the coat closet for miscellaneous appliances too… except I live in Wisconsin, so our guests’ coats end up hung over the banister… oops!

    Aren’t frozen breakfasts the best for moms?! The Little One in our house would love this (and the Dad and Mom would too, of course) – thanks for sharing!

  12. I have to keep all my kitchen tools in my entry way closet too! Texas luckily doesn’t require anything more than a light jacket usually. So my entry closet is full of all sorts of kitcheny stuff.

    These pumpkin french toasts look so delicious, definitely going to try this recipe soon. My neglected electric griddle would be so happy. Beautiful pictures btw! *pinned*

  13. Looking scrumptious, as always. Congrats on the cookbook!!

  14. Pumpkin French Toast is one of my favorites! I made some a while back, but I added chocolate chips to mine: http://www.cupcakesandsunshine.com/2013/09/pumpkin-peanutbutter-chocolate-chip.html

  15. This looks like the perfect way to use up the remaining pumpkin I have in the fridge!! I haven’t had french toast in ages and I can’t wait to dig into a fresh batch of these. I’ve never thought about freezing slices before, but that sounds like an awesome idea! Anyway to get breakfast on the table faster!! Pinned :)

  16. This looks amazing Averie! Pumpkin pie, breakfast style AND in french toast style! Perfect way to start the day, pinned! :D x

  17. MAJOR congrats on the cookbook – and this looks decadent and delicious!

  18. This looks like the best french toast ever Averie! I’m in love!! I love that you keep your appliances in your coat closet. I have a pantry in my garage, ha! #foodbloggerproblems

    • Smallish urban condo means every inch needs to be utilized and as you know, appliances are so BULKY! You put mixer or blender on kitchen shelving/cabinets and it’s FULL. So I save that space for dishes and the bulky stuff just has to go in the closet! What I wouldn’t give for a garage! I have a parking stall. But if I did have a garage, I would fill it with more….stuff. So probably better I don’t even have one :)

  19. Oh my gosh — I thought I was the only one to store appliances in closets! Our last house had a kitchen smaller than my first one-bedroom apartment, so all of my pantry ingredients were on a shelf in the dining room and my blender, rice cooker, donut maker, cake pop maker, and slow cooker were all in the office/guest room closet. Thank goodness nobody ever wanted to visit us in super hot Sac! ;) Love these slices of pumpkin french toast — can I have breakfast for lunch??

    • Smallish urban condo means every inch needs to be utilized and as you know, appliances are so BULKY! You put 1 slow cooker on kitchen shelving/cabinets and it’s FULL. So I save that space for dishes and the bulky stuff just has to go in the closet! Lol

  20. I’m always exited seeing a new pumpkin recipe on your blog! This french toast is simple to make, but packed with wonderful fall flavor. I’ll try to make it, using my electric griddle and might also add some chopped pecans on top! Glad weather has been nice in San Diego! Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk has been great for baking, french toast and crepes.

  21. I’m laughing because 1) I also am wayyy into homemade-breakfasts-that-I-don’t-have-t0-cook-before-7 a.m. and 2) half of my back entry closet has been converted into an appliance graveyard. ;)

    And I love this recipe!

    • Glad you can appreciate #1 and #2, oh you have an appliance graveyard too? I use my hall closet for the appliances I actually use, and my master closet is sort of my appliance graveyard. Oh boy. I do donate tons to Goodwill, etc. but every now and then I do use the said items. Like 1x a year. To donate…or not to donate…

    • My appliances/gadgets are seasonal or things I use just enough to not want to get rid of them. These days I really think through how much I will use a kitchen item before I purchase it. I have finally broken down and requested a Silpat for Christmas … thanks to you …

    • I only wish my Christmas list was a Silpat. Your family is getting off wayyyyy too easy :)

  22. I’ve just never gotten into french toast. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t float my boat. I was way into pumpkin pancakes for a long time though.

    I’d eat them for the syrup though. :D

  23. I can feel you; I keep all my larger baking/cooking pans and appliances in the large closet in the half bath right off our kitchen. I’m not sure why such a closet was put in there, except for that purpose. I always worry that people will think it’s gross… My family loves French toast more than pancakes, so I know that these will be made and loved here! Pinned:)

  24. I am such a French toast fan. I finally made it with challah bread a couple
    of weeks ago. Now I am really really am hooked. This is an awesome recipe.

  25. French toast with pumpkin is a brilliant idea! Would love to wake up with that smell in the morning. A must try for next Sunday!

  26. So it’s not quite as weird as using the entry closet, but I do use what is supposed to be our pantry (like filled with food), is actually my baking closet filled with a zillion types of flours, spices, sugars, baking trays and all the colors of sprinkles and cupcake holders ever created.

    I am slightly jealous that you live in a climate where you don’t need a coat! I moved to Minnesota a year ago and it’s already starting to get cold..not ready for another winter here yet ha!

    Thanks for the recipe and I’m planning on including it in a pumpkin round-up on Lifehack if that’s okay! :)

    • I GREW UP IN MN!!! I went to college there and got out of there when I graduated and will NEVER live in weather like that as long as I shall live. Oh boy, I paid my dues :)

      Feel free to include in your Lifehack roundup.

      And I love your re-purposed pantry as well!

  27. PUMPKIN! Hell yes! These look so amazingly delicious! (and all of those other pumpkin recipes look incredible as well.) I think recipes like this are the reason I love fall so much.

  28. Oh my gosh, this looks incredible! I need to figure out how to make this without eggs.

  29. Ahh, I was wondering how the pumpkin was going to get into the non-pumpkin bread. It goes into the french toast dipping liquid! Brilliant :)

  30. We SO do not have enough pumpkin in our baking here in Australia! This pumpkin french toast sounds AMAZZING! You dazzle me every time.

  31. This looks so good I’m almost licking my screen :) Pumpkin needs to go in everything! I know what you’re talking about with your closet being full of unused appliances… I have that cabinet where my juicer, waffle iron, blue and green ball jars and I don’t even know what else are collecting dust most of the year…

  32. I love how you still have pumpkin recipes coming even after publishing a pumpkin cookbook…keep them coming!!!!..I’ve never tried pumpkin French toast but it looks so good and I love that you can put the extras in the freezer for busy days.

  33. I am loving this idea. I don’t know why I haven’t had it before. I need to get my hands on some good bread before the weekend.

  34. Wow, this looks absolutely DIVINE! I was just recently thinking of making french toast but now I know what to do to take it to the next level. ;) Thanks so much for the recipe!

    -Aya
    http://healthy-appetite.blogspot.de/

  35. I love that this recipe uses almond milk! And of course, that it’s made with pumpkin. :)

  36. Oh myyyy laaaawd!!
    Girl I just can’t even type halfbeakshsjsisus
    Just wow! and yeah to the coat closet. What coat? Who needs coats when appliances make everything warmer ;)
    So glad I found you!
    And thank you for pinning my Churro Blondies to your pinterest board. I felt honoured beyond honoured Xx

    • You don’t have to thank me! But you’re welcome! I pin sooo much stuff…and I try to pin a variety and when I see blondies (one of my fave things ever), that’s an easy recipe to pin :)

  37. Oh my god Averie this pumpkin french toast is INCREDIBLE. I totally am obsessed with the bright colour of it! Wish I was waking up to a stack smothered in maple syrup tomorrow morning.. I just have to recreate the recipe. Pinned!

  38. Averie, such gorgeous photographs as always and I can never think of making pumpkin french toast!Genius recipe!

  39. I made these today. Tasted like normal French toast. I was hoping for much more of a pumpkin flavor, but that did not happen with this recipe.

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